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We are pleased to confirm the start of our open framework procurement for the period September 2022 through to July 2025. Our approach is aligned with recent changes made to subcontracting requirements by the ESFA. The procurement is following the light-touch regime outlined in regulations 74 to 77 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

This will be a three-year framework, with a focus predominantly on localised delivery within South Hampshire and the Solent region and be wholly aligned to those specialisms identified in our College Strategy.

The College is seeking to establish a framework of up to four suitable training providers to deliver Adult Education Budget funded training in line with our Strategy and the ESFA’s published guidance. Awards under the framework will range from £100,000 to £600,000 for the 2022/23 academic year.

The timeline for the procurement is as follows:

  • 30th June 2022 : Launch
  • 15th July 2022 : Closing date for PQQ returns and due diligence
  • 18th – 22nd July 2022 : Shortlisting and scoring (including financial health)
  • 25th – 29th July 2022 : Interview panel (including quality assessment)
  • 1st August 2022 : Procurement conclusion and awards
  • 2nd-12th August 2022 : Standstill period
  • 15th August 2022 : Contracts issued for signing

Key Procurement Requirements

  • We are only seeking to subcontract provision that is wholly aligned to our curriculum specialisms stated in our strategy. Procurement submissions for subject areas outside of our stated specialism will be excluded and not scored.
    • Provider with a current full inspection (within the past 3 years) outcome of ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ will score highly. The college will consider providers who were awarded ‘requires improvement’ if their report suggests ‘Good’ Leadership and Management and Safeguarding.
    • Monitoring visit judgements of ‘reasonable’ and ‘significant’ progress will also score positively.
    • Providers whose most recent full inspection outcome is ‘inadequate’ or whose most recent monitoring visit report includes one or more ‘insufficient progress’ judgments will be excluded from this procurement process.
  • Though South Hampshire and the Solent region are our key target areas for delivery, procurement submissions for provision to be delivered in North Hampshire (defined as north of Andover, Winchester and Petersfield), Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surry and West Sussex will score higher than provision planned outside of these geographic areas.
  • The College will retain 20% of the funding drawn down against the provision to be delivered. This figure represents the total cost that the College incurs in effectively identifying, selecting and managing all subcontracted provision. This figure also includes the minimum amount of quality management that the college would attach to the lowest possible risk subcontractor. Our intent is to only collaborate with the best training providers who share our commitment to excellence, and whose curriculum is aligned to our specialisms and regional demands.
  • However contracts will have a clause that will allow us to increase the level of funding retained should our costs increase due to subcontractor underperformance. This fee increase will be a result of subcontractor underperformance which will result in a formal notice to improve (NTI) being issued. An NTI will trigger College intervention which will increase our expected costs of managing the contract.
  • The College will not be procuring for Traineeship provision.

All communications and submissions should be sent to  

Downloadable Documents

2022-23 Expression of Interest (PQQ) Template

22/23 Conflict of Interest Declaration

22/23 Health & Safety Questionnaire (HSQ1)

22/23 Safeguarding Audit Tool

22/23 Staff List Template